Strength Thru Oi!

Strength Thru Oi! is a 1981 Oi! compilation album, featuring various artists and released by Decca Records, released in collaboration with Sounds magazine.

Strength Thru Oi!
Compilation album by
various artists
ReleasedMay 1981
GenreOi!, punk rock

The album was the sequel to Oi! The Album (1980), and itself was followed by Carry On Oi! (Oi 3!, 1981) and Oi! Oi! That's Yer Lot! (Oi/4, 1982).

Track listingEdit

  1. "National Service" - Garry Johnson
  2. "1984" - 4 Skins
  3. "Gang Warfare" - The Strike
  4. "Riot Riot" - Infa-Riot
  5. "Dead End Yobs" - Garry Johnson
  6. "Working Class Kids" - The Last Resort
  7. "Blood on the Streets" - Criminal Class
  8. "She Goes to Fino's" - The Toy Dolls
  9. "Best Years of Our Lives" - Barney Rubble
  10. "Taken for a Ride" - Cock Sparrer
  11. "We Outnumber You" - Infa-Riot
  12. "The New Face of Rock'n'Roll" - Garry Johnson
  13. "Beans" - Barney Rubble
  14. "We're Pathetique" - Splodge
  15. "Sorry" - 4 Skins
  16. "Running Riot" - Cock Sparrer
  17. "Johnny Barden" - The Last Resort
  18. "Isubaleene (Part 2)" - Splodge
  19. "Running Away" - Criminal Class
  20. "Skinhead" - The Strike
  21. "Deidre's a Slag" - The Toy Dolls
  22. "Harbour Mafia Mantra" - The Shaven Heads


When Strength Thru Oi! was released, it was controversial because its title was a play on a Nazi slogan ("Strength Through Joy"), and the cover featured Nicky Crane, a British Movement activist who was serving a four-year sentence for racist violence. Rock critic Garry Bushell, who was responsible for compiling the album, insists its title was a pun on The Skids' album Strength Through Joy and that he had been unaware of the Nazi connotations. He also denied knowing the identity of the skinhead on the album's cover until it was exposed by the Daily Mail two months later.[citation needed] It was not so easy to deny the album cover's glorification of violence and the sinister tone of its sleeve notes: "A mass of boots, straights, and combat jackets, skins and boot boys, grins and hoots and oy-oy's, young blood on the prowl.... Getting nicked for wearing steel caps, a flick blade flashing in the moonlight." However, this was meant to reflect the reality of the lives of the British working class, as opposed to glorifying the violence faced by them.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jones, Peter. "Do Music Acts Incite U.K. Violence?" Billboard. July 25, 1981. p. 63.